There is a world of flexible learning options available to you as you embark on your career-boosting Master of Human Resource Management program - choose from online, face-to-face or a combination of both. Blend learning and intensively taught course formats to support your flexible learning pathway.
In the 12-course program you will complete 8 core courses covering the core topics of human resource management and employment relations practice. The University of Newcastle prepares our Master of Human Resource Management graduates with strong business analysis and managerial decision-making skills in addressing HRM and ER issues. Complement this with your own selected pair of directed courses. Read more about the directed courses in the Courses and Details section.
The curriculum is uniquely balanced to provide practical components with sound theory and participant-focused learning approaches. You will have the opportunity to develop a skill set that is relevant to Australian and global workplaces, positioning you with a range of career options for your next career move.
What will you study?
You will develop a deep knowledge of people management skills and concepts and guiding principles for strategically managing your workforce while you build the skills to manage workplace challenges and mitigate conflict.
The program has been devised to focus on your advanced learning in the core knowledge and practice areas of human resource management, such as :
- Human Resource Management and Strategy
- Human Resource and Organisation Development
- Managing People in International Contexts
- Employment Relations
- Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Is it for you?
A Master of Human Resource Management will position you as a leader in the field and provide you with credentials that show you have the distinct HR competencies companies are looking for. You will be able to assess and respond to your company's business goals to ensure that your most valuable asset — your people — are empowered, capable and effective.
The ability to manage people for the betterment of themselves and for the organisation is fundamental to all business activity, where efficiency and effectiveness affect overall performance. The Master of Human Resource Management program empowers you with the skills to implant your acquired knowledge into the body of an organisation and leverage the best performance from the workforce. If you're looking to drive your human resource management (HRM), employment relations (ER) or consultancy career into the best realms, enrolling in this Masters program is just what you're looking for.
Join a program that is designed to meet your diverse needs through:
- A research-led curriculum, delivered by a highly qualified, award-winning teaching faculty, willing to leverage their strong relationships with state and federal government for the benefit of their students' experiences; supported by the Professor of Employment Studies.
- Strong engagement with the human resources sector, driven by an active Industry Advisory Committee made up of representatives from business, unions, the public sector and government;
- The use of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and other active learning techniques to build collaborative, research, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and developing students' confidence and competence;
- Practical, 'real-world' exercises and assessments, drawn from a range of sectors, industries and countries, to better prepare graduates for their future workplaces here and abroad.
- The Master of Human Resource Management is one of the few programs that recognises relevant professional experience and may result in credit being granted for up to four courses. This means you could complete your Masters in 8 courses! To learn more about what your professional experience can provide you with, please visit the Professional Credit section.
Domestic students & International off-shore students
The 12-course program can be completed over 3 trimesters full-time (1 year) or a maximum of 5 years part-time. Depending upon your professional experience you could reduce the amount of courses you study and the time taken to complete your masters.
International on-shore students
Typically the full 12 course program will be completed over 5 trimesters full-time (approximately 1 year 7 months).
Once having completed the Master of Human Resource Management at the University of Newcastle, you will be set apart from your contemporaries through your problem-solving ability. You will be able to apply relevant, rigorous HRM and ER theory to a variety of workforce situations. You will develop and implement evidence-based strategies to address individual, group and organisational challenges. Enjoy your reaffirmed confidence in your ability to apply the principles of HRM and ER, and be able to deal with conflict constructively. Make your strategic workforce contribution and succeed in the organisation in which you work.
Our graduates have gone on to work successfully in local, national and multinational organisations; in Australia, China, the Philippines, Botswana, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany and elsewhere; as HR or ER managers, consultants, policy-makers, and employee or employee representatives; and in sectors including mining, local and national government, banking/insurance, professional services, education, and manufacturing.
If you have not worked in HRM or ER before, this degree will provide a springboard for appointment to roles such as:
- Human Resources Officer or Adviser
- Union official or Employer Organisation Advisor
- Change Management Consultant
- Graduate Recruitment Consultant
- Human Resources Manager
If you have experience in the world of HRM or ER then this degree will prepare you to lead in roles such as:
- Human Resources Manager for a large organisation
- Organisation Development or Effectiveness Manager
- Employment Relations (ER) or Industrial Relations Manager
- Senior Consultant in an HR-related business
- Human Resources Director
- Senior Union official or Senior Employer Organisation Advisor
- Policy Advisor to government.
Surveys on our postgraduate programs have found that overall student satisfaction with the on-campus MHRM Program was 92% in 2013, and 94% in 2015.